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July 23, 2014
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Take a walk on the wild side

This sign at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market’s Ramps Fest helped the uninitiated learn about ramps, a spring delicacy with a very short season. identifying the Ramps in the wild is the first step in the process
TRR photo by Jonathan fox


Doing my best to sound like an investigative journalist, I soldiered on. “The plant doesn’t look all that impressive,” I suggested. “What’s so special about it?” McGlashan laughed, nodding her head. “I think the best part about them is that they’re incredibly flavorful and can be used in a variety of ways.” North Branch resident Wendee Greene chimed in, declaring that ramps are “a harbinger of spring,” before Maria Grimaldi waved me over. “I think it’s important to note that Ramps Fest gives us an appreciation of the wonderful things that nature provides,” she shared. “We need to raise awareness of that, and the need to conserve and protect our environment.” With that I set out to peruse the vendors and their ramps-laden treasures before the recipe contest began.